ImClone Systems , Bristol-Myers Squibb Company Release Positive Erbitux Data For Variety Of Cancers

ORLANDO, Fla., May 16 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- ImClone Systems Incorporated and Bristol-Myers Squibb Company today announced the results of several clinical studies of ERBITUX(R) (Cetuximab), an IgG1 monoclonal antibody, presented at the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) 41st Annual Meeting.

Data were presented from clinical studies exploring treatment of various stages of colorectal, head and neck, and ovarian cancers using ERBITUX either as a single agent or in combination with cytotoxic agents, including chemotherapy and radiation therapy. The studies included:

  *  Abstract 3508: Findings were presented of a randomized Phase II trial
     conducted by the National Cancer Institute to evaluate the efficacy and
     safety of the use of ERBITUX and AVASTIN(TM) (bevacizumab) with or
     without irinotecan in 81 patients with irinotecan-refractory metastatic
     colorectal cancer.  Of 41 patients who received
     ERBITUX/bevacizumab/irinotecan, 37 percent had a partial response (95%
     CI: 22-53), and the median time to progression was 7.9 months.  Of 40
     patients who received ERBITUX/bevacizumab alone, 20 percent of patients
     had a partial response (95% CI: 9-36), and the median time to
     progression was 5.6 months. The most commonly reported adverse events
     in the ERBITUX/bevacizumab/irinotecan arm were skin rash (grade 2, 60%;
     grade 3, 17%), diarrhea (grade 2, 29%; grade 3/4, 24%), fatigue (grade
     2, 32%; grade 3, 10%) and neutropenia (grade 3/4, 22%).  The most
     commonly reported adverse event in the ERBITUX/bevacizumab arm was skin
     rash (grade 2, 65%; grade 3, 20%).

  *  Abstract 3535: An international Phase II study (EMR-018) evaluated the
     safety and efficacy of ERBITUX in combination with FOLFOX-4
     (oxaliplatin/5-fluorouracil/folinic acid) as first-line treatment in
     patients with non-resectable, EGFR-expressing metastatic colorectal
     cancer.  In a preliminary efficacy analysis of 42 patients, 10 percent
     had a complete response (95% CI: 3-23), 71 percent had a partial
     response (95% CI: 55-84), and 17 percent had stable disease (95% CI:
     7-31).  Median progression-free survival was 12.3 months.  Nine
     patients subsequently underwent surgery of their metastases. The major
     grade 3/4 toxicities in 43 patients evaluable for safety were acne-like
     rash (30%), neurotoxicity (30%), diarrhea (26%), neutropenia (21%) and
     stomatitis/mucositis (16%).

  *  Abstract 5533: A retrospective subgroup analysis evaluated 171 patients
     with hypopharyngeal and laryngeal carcinoma who were enrolled in an
     international Phase III randomized trial (IMC-9815) of 424 patients
     with locoregionally advanced squamous-cell carcinoma of the head and
     neck.  The randomized study evaluated the addition of ERBITUX to high-
     dose radiation versus radiation alone, to evaluate the primary endpoint
     of locoregional control and secondary endpoint of overall survival. The
     subgroup analysis was undertaken to assess the rates of organ
     preservation in patients who had hypopharyngeal and laryngeal
     carcinoma.  Of the 93 patients receiving ERBITUX plus radiation, larynx
     preservation rates were 90 percent at two years and 87 percent at three
     years.  Of the 78 patients receiving radiation therapy alone, larynx
     preservation rates were 80 percent at two years and 77 percent at three
     years (hazard ratio 0.51; 95% CI: 0.21-1.24).  Because the study was
     not powered to assess organ preservation, these results were not
     statistically significant.

  *  Abstract 5047: A Phase II study (CA225009) examining the addition of
     ERBITUX to standard chemotherapy with paclitaxel and carboplatin as
     first-line treatment of EGFR-expressing advanced ovarian, primary
     peritoneal and fallopian tube cancer.  The primary endpoint is
     progression-free survival.  Preliminary data were reported for the
     first 27 patients to complete six cycles of initial treatment.  Of the
     12 patients with stage III cancer whose tumor was completely removed by
     surgery, 91.7 percent (95% CI: 61.52-99.79) achieved a clinical
     complete response.  Of the nine patients with stage III disease whose
     tumors could not be completely removed, 44.4 percent (95% CI: 13.70-
     78.80) achieved a clinical complete response.  Of the six patients with
     stage IV disease, four were evaluable for efficacy.  Of these four,
     50.0 percent (95% CI: 6.76-93.24) achieved a clinical complete
     response. Commonly occurring grade 3 adverse events in all 27 patients
     receiving initial therapy were febrile neutropenia (18.5%),
     hypokalaemia (14.8%) and dyspnea (11.1%). Three hypersensitivity
     reactions were reported (grade 3, 7.4%; grade 4, 3.7%).  Eighteen
     patients experienced a rash (grade 1, 48.1%; grade 2, 18.5%).

"Clinical trial results observed in combinations of ERBITUX with widely used cancer treatments improve our understanding of where to focus our future study of this antibody," said Eric Rowinsky, M.D., Chief Medical Officer of ImClone Systems. "Our long-term commitment to developing ERBITUX in multiple indications will include pivotal or exploratory studies of ERBITUX with other targeted therapies in colorectal, lung, pancreatic and ovarian cancers in addition to our ongoing Phase III studies with chemotherapy."

"Bristol-Myers Squibb and ImClone Systems are dedicated to the ongoing investigation of ERBITUX and to providing more treatment options for cancer patients in the future," said Martin Birkhofer, M.D., Vice President, Oncology Global Medical Affairs, Bristol-Myers Squibb.

About ERBITUX(R) (Cetuximab)

On February 12, 2004, the FDA approved ERBITUX for use in the United States in combination with irinotecan in the treatment of patients with EGFR- expressing, metastatic colorectal cancer who are refractory to irinotecan- based chemotherapy and for use as a single agent in the treatment of patients with EGFR-expressing, metastatic colorectal cancer who are intolerant to irinotecan-based chemotherapy. The effectiveness of ERBITUX is based on objective response rates. Currently, no data are available that demonstrate an improvement in disease-related symptoms or increased survival with ERBITUX.

Important Safety Information

Severe infusion reactions, rarely fatal and characterized by rapid onset of airway obstruction (bronchospasm, stridor, hoarseness), urticaria, and hypotension, have occurred in approximately 3% (20/774) of patients with the administration of ERBITUX. Most reactions (90%) are associated with the first infusion of ERBITUX despite the use of prophylactic antihistamines. Caution must be exercised with every ERBITUX infusion as there were patients who experienced their first severe infusion reaction during later infusions. Severe infusion reactions require immediate and permanent discontinuation of ERBITUX therapy.

Severe cases of interstitial lung disease (ILD), which was fatal in one case, occurred in less than 0.5% of 774 patients receiving ERBITUX.

Dermatologic toxicities, including acneform rash (11% of 774 patients, grade 3/4), skin drying and fissuring, inflammatory or infectious sequelae (e.g. blepharitis, cheilitis, cellulitis, cyst) and paronychial inflammation (0.4% of 774 patients, grade 3) were reported. Sun exposure may exacerbate any skin reactions.

Hypomagnesemia has been reported with ERBITUX when administered as a single agent and in combination with multiple different chemotherapeutic regimens. The incidence of hypomagnesemia (both overall and severe [NCI CTC grades 3 & 4]) is increased in patients receiving chemotherapy and ERBITUX as compared to those receiving chemotherapy alone based on controlled clinical trials. Patients receiving ERBITUX therapy should be monitored for hypomagnesemia. Magnesium repletion may be necessary based on clinical judgment.

Other serious adverse events associated with ERBITUX in clinical trials (n=774) were fever (5%), sepsis (3%), kidney failure (2%), pulmonary embolus (1%), dehydration (5% in patients receiving ERBITUX plus irinotecan, 2% receiving ERBITUX as a single agent) and diarrhea (6% in patients receiving ERBITUX plus irinotecan, 0.2% with ERBITUX as a single agent).

Additional common adverse events seen in patients receiving ERBITUX plus irinotecan (n=354) or ERBITUX as a single agent (n=420) were acneform rash (88%/90%), asthenia/malaise (73%/48%), diarrhea (72%/25%), nausea (55%/29%), abdominal pain (45%/26%), vomiting (41%/25%), fever (34%/27%), constipation (30%/26%) and headache (14%/26%).

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About ImClone Systems

ImClone Systems Incorporated is committed to advancing oncology care by developing and commercializing a portfolio of targeted biologic treatments designed to address the medical needs of patients with a variety of cancers. The Company's research and development programs include growth factor blockers and angiogenesis inhibitors. ImClone Systems' strategy is to become a fully integrated biopharmaceutical company, taking its development programs from the research stage to the market. ImClone Systems' headquarters and research operations are located in New York City, with additional administration and manufacturing facilities in Branchburg, New Jersey.

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About Bristol-Myers Squibb

Bristol-Myers Squibb is a global pharmaceutical and related health care products company whose mission is to extend and enhance human life.

This press release contains "forward-looking statements" as that term is defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 regarding product development. Such forward-looking statements are based on current expectations and involve inherent risks and uncertainties, including factors that could delay, divert or change any of them, and could cause actual outcomes and results to differ materially from current expectations. No forward-looking statement can be guaranteed. Forward-looking statements in this press release should be evaluated together with the many uncertainties that affect Bristol-Myers Squibb's business, particularly those identified in the cautionary factors discussion in Bristol-Myers Squibb's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2004 and in our Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q. Bristol-Myers Squibb undertakes no obligation to publicly update any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

ERBITUX is a registered trademark of ImClone Systems Incorporated. AVASTIN is a trademark of Genentech, Inc. Media and Investor Contacts: Andrea Rabney Kathy Baum Corporate Communications Business and R&D Communications ImClone Systems Incorporated Bristol-Myers Squibb Tel: (646) 638-5058 Tel: (609) 252-4227 Cell: (609) 575-0017 or or David Pitts John Elicker Corporate Communications Investor Relations ImClone Systems Incorporated Bristol-Myers Squibb Tel: (646) 638-5058 Tel: (212) 546-3775 or Stefania Bethlen Corporate Communications/IR ImClone Systems Incorporated Tel: (646) 638-5058

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